Or. Admin. R. 345-001-0200 - Creation of an Energy Generation Area
(1) The Council shall define the boundaries of an energy generation area by rule when:
(a) The Council finds that a geographical area exists within which the effects of development of two or more small generating plants, as defined in OAR 345-001-0210, are likely to accumulate so the small generating plants have effects of a magnitude similar to a single generating plant with an average electric generating capacity of 35 megawatts or more;
(b) The Council finds that creation of an energy generation area is in the public interest; and
(c) The Council finds that energy resource, environmental, social, economic, public health or safety justification exists to create the energy generation area.
(2) In defining the boundaries of an energy generation area, the Council shall consider:
(a) The location of geothermal, solar or wind resources;
(b) The effect of energy facility development on wildlife or wildlife habitat;
(c) Natural geographical features; and
(d) Political and treaty boundaries.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 469.470
Stats. Implemented: ORS 469.300 & ORS 469.320
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